Land and Poverty Conference 2015: Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity
Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2015: Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity
March 23-27, 2015Washington, DC

The Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty organized by the World Bank Development Economic Research Group (DECRG) is a key global event where representatives from governments, civil society, academia, the development community, and the private sector come together annually to discuss new developments and progress on land policy and implementation. The conference aims to foster dialogue and sharing of best practices on the diversity of reforms, approaches and experiences that are being implemented in land sectors around the world.

The 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty was held from March 23 – 27, 2015 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. Over 1200 participants attended from 123 countries. The participants included leaders and professionals from across governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and partners to interact and discuss innovative approaches to improving land governance.

Under the theme ‘Linking land tenure to land use’ participants discussed land governance issues in more than 100 sessions, and roundtables.  A day-long Innovations Fair on March 26 enabled participants to assess progress on issues like spatial data acquisition, mobile technology and other applications that help improve service delivery, transparency and analytical capacity. You can view the list of participating organizations to the Innovations Fair.

The Opening Keynote Speaker for the 2015 Conference was James Robinson, Harvard professor and author of ‘Why Nations Fail.’ He reminded participants during the that a narrow technocratic approach that fails to fully account for associated political economy issues may be ineffective even have negative consequences. You can view the recording of his keynote speech.

Another new feature to the 2015 Conference was a day of MasterClasses on March 27. Sponsors and Partners offered hands-on MasterClasses or clinics in a classroom setting to familiarize participants with cutting edge tools and techniques developed to help policy makers. Specific classes can be viewed on our online agenda.

Conference Structure

A new feature introduced to the 2015 Conference is a full day focusing on solutions for land administration and management.  Service providers and technology vendors have been invited to present solutions in a show-and-tell day. The scope of the Innovations Fair will cover land and geographic information systems, earth observation satellite imagery data acquisition and applications, aerial imagery, satellite positioning applications and location based services, online services and e-governance, land surveying, data conversion, data security, standards, systems interoperability, open systems, among other topics.  The Innovations Fair will encourage hands-on interaction with conference participants looking for solutions to the land challenges of the post-2015 Development Agenda. 

List of Exhibitors for the 2015 Innovations Fair
Airbus Defense and Space   Through its Geo-Intelligence Portfolio, Airbus Defense and Space is recognized as a World leader in geo-information, pooling an unmatched access to Earth observation satellite imagery with unique expertise and decades of experience in one organization. Based on an exclusive access to Pléiades, SPOT, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X (radar and optical satellites), its extensive portfolio spans the entire geo-information value chain. Airbus Defense and Space provides decision-makers with sustainable solutions to increase security, optimize mission planning and operations, boost performance, improve management of natural resources and, last but not least, protect our environment.
BlackBridge Logo   BlackBridge is focused on providing end to end solutions across the geospatial value chain. BlackBridge imaging solutions are the only reliable source of high-resolution satellite imagery that provides complete datasets to programs requiring imagery over entire countries or large areas (e.g. REDD+ MRV, Rural Environmental Cadastre (CAR) in Brazil) in short time frames and on a regular basis. The RapidEye Persistent Change Monitoring solution is a new approach to change detection that provides accurate information about where changes occur, reducing the amount of time and resources needed to do cartographic updates or just detect changes. BlackBridge Monitoring Programs present a new approach to access, use and exploit high resolution imagery.
DAI Logo   DAI’s are leaders in the development and application of low cost approaches to large scale LTR and completed the entire territory of Rwanda, more than 10 million parcels, in less than five years. This was completed at an average cost of USD $6 per parcel. Their success is not owed to using the latest technology, but to using appropriate technology, adapted to the particular circumstances and ensuring maximum local participation, and extensive outreach and public engagement. Their extensive LTR experience in Sub-Saharan Africa has lead to field-based technologies that are simple, easy for people to comprehend, have acceptable accuracy and are both inexpensive and practical. Having successfully applied this approach in Rwanda, they are now applying an adapted approach in Ethiopia, where DAI will register 14 million parcels in 5 years at an anticipated average cost per parcel of approximately USD $5.
DigitalGlobe Logo   DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of high-resolution earth imagery products and services. Sourced from our advanced satellite constellation, our imagery solutions support diverse customer applications in sustainable global development and land management. DigitalGlobe satellite imagery analysis enables the extraction of valuable information and insight to analyze agricultural areas to promote food security, as well as identifying and quantifying Human Geography trends that can support global poverty mitigation efforts.
esri   Esri inspires and enables people to positively impact the future through a deeper, geographic understanding of the changing world around them. Esri's innovative approach to technology and open data can help improve land governance. Land administration agencies must manage their land information assets efficiently and effectively by moving from legacy "silo" workflows to an enterprise solution. The Esri approach enables this by putting the geodatabase at the heart of a cadastral enterprise transactional workflow.
Geospatial Media and Communications   Geospatial Media and Communications is the only media working in the field of geospatial technologies that uses a number of media channels to create awareness about geospatial technologies with new user groups, connect the stakeholders of this domain and undertake policy advocacy for furthering application of this technology through its print and online publications, conferences and tradeshows as well as commercial research and documentation work.
IBM Cloud Data Services   Managing information about land is a complex, social process involving various social groups -- not just government. Cloudant is the first product to deliver the full functionality of a geospatial information system in a NoSQL, non-relational database. Cloudant's focus on being the easiest to use database for web developers building mobile apps fits well with the information ecosystem of land management. Also, our ability to go offline and have full functionality available is a great fit for areas of the world with limited and/or sporadic internet connectivity.
ITC University of Twente   ITC has 60 years experience in land administration education and training - specifically tailored for developing contexts. STDM was initially developed at ITC. Our student cohorts are diverse. ITC offers distance programs and short courses. Research is infused in our educational packages. Training and capacity building are a core part of our mission.
LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping, LLC   LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping, LLC remote sensing solutions combine the global reach of satellite imagery with advanced processing methods and software technologies to improve mapping results in challenging project locations. Map data sets such as ortho mosaics, land-use/cover, urban sprawl change detection, building foot-prints and 3D urban building models can be created faster and less expensive vs. traditional methods. New technologies such as Object Based Image Analysis improve the mapping results of data sets often needed to support World Bank projects, such as building foot-prints, land-use and urban sprawl change detection. These new technologies also offer significant cost-savings and turn-around time improvements over traditional methods. LAND INFO will show global examples including Tanzania, Afghanistan, India and other locations.
Land Portal   By bringing land information together in one place, the Land Portal is able to actively address gaps in information, while providing a range of ways for the information to be accessed, shared and reused. This will increase the effective use of information and ultimately will lead to better decision making on land governance. The new Land Portal is a pioneering hub for ‘linked open data’ on land - non-proprietary data that uses semantic tools to share and connect data, information and knowledge. This enables the Land Portal to publish structured data in machine readable, standardised formats under open licenses that can be reused by anyone.
Micro Aerial Projects   Highly automated and affordable, Micro Aerial Projects products and services provide an opportunity to build local small enterprise capacities in aerial image acquisition and geo-spatial data production, thus improving citizen engagement in the production of fit for purpose geo-spatial data. Our unmanned aerial systems and related processing software provides empowering tools for small enterprises in the fields of aerial image acquisitions, mapping, 3D modeling and visualizations with virtual surveying tools.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)   GeoQ is hosted on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s GitHub repository, a ground-breaking initiative to share tools and techniques with the Geographic Information Systems community as well as other organizations around the world. By distributing this system as an open source project, NGA has provided a low cost tool for organizing and managing relief activities during a time of crisis. The benefits of managing all aspects of a crisis event, such as rescue teams, law-enforcement personnel and utility crews provide immediate impact to the affected areas, allowing for relief activities to proceed much sooner and communities to quickly return to normal.
Pitney Bowes Corporation   Pitney Bowes' suite of geospatial analysis software and data provide a more product framework for users that want to explore land and asset management. Our global portfolio of data products provides the foundation on which specific land information can be analyzed. Pitney Bowes' provides the most accurate geocoding solutions for over 120 countries at the parcel level and 240 countries as the postal code level. Geographic information system technology is providing the location intelligence that helps develop effect land administration and property management policy. The ability to quickly retrieve and integrate digital land records, land use patterns, new earth observation satellite imagery and relevant demographic data can help policy makers develop effective decisions for poverty mitigation and land use planning for long-range economic development.
Terra Pixel   Terra Pixel provides a browser based Platform as a Service (PaaS) that provides access to geospatial data through Open Geospatial Standards compliant API’s and existing Internet browsers. Our software processes data on the infrastructure level (where the data resides) allowing users to federate information across infrastructures and into applications. Terra Pixel will showcase the power of processing interoperability capabilities.
Thomson Reuters   Thomson Reuters offers a comprehensive suite of products supporting land administration such as registry, cadastre and valuation, and boasts a decade-plus legacy of delivering innovative solutions that have helped developing countries address development goals and alleviate poverty. With deployments in 50 countries managing 65 million parcels and 10 million documents each year, Thomson Reuters global land and property solutions enable governments with the tools needed for development and help them collect more than $100 billion in revenue annually.
    Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.FAO’s latest product is Open Tenure, software using mobile devices for the crowd sourced recording of tenure rights by citizens and communities. Coupled with Open Tenure is the web based Community Server where Open Tenure recorded tenure rights are displayed, subjected to community moderation and then endorsed as recognized by the community. The SOLA family of software from FAO provides affordable, customizable, scalable, LADM compliant, “open data” ready solutions incorporating international good practice that provide the means to enhance tenure security. This software has been especially designed to implement much of the Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT).
USAID   USAID has developed two innovative products that use mobile technology. The Mobile Application to Strengthen Tenure (MAST) product uses an open source platform to gather land rights information in a participatory manner. This flexible, accessible approach will enable Tanzanian villagers to acquire land use certificates (CCROs) in a timely, less costly manner. The Land Potential Knowledge System (LandPKS) also uses a low-cost, open source platform to increase knowledge of land’s potential which will improve land use decision making and management and connect farmers, pastoralists and other producers with critically important, but hard-to-access local knowledge and scientific information about soil quality and conditions.
Web3D Consortium   The Web3D Consortium is an international, non-profit, member funded, industry standards development organization. Web3D Consortium members create and promote open standards for real-time 3D communication. Today, the Web3D Consortium is utilizing its broad-based industry support to develop the ISO Standard Extensible 3D (X3D) which was designed to live on the web and play well with other standards technologies in the web stack; it is innovative in that it brings interactive 3D data to the web browser, thus enabling real-time data fusion and analysis environments, for example the 3D portrayal of geo-referenced sensor and simulation data.
what3words   There are at least 135 countries that are unaddressed. what3words tackles the issue of poorly or unaddressed countries by providing an alternative way to communicate location using only words and available in many different languages.


Session Venue Link

Monday, March 23, 2015


Building on LGAF to improve land governance and implement the VGGT MC2-800 Watch

10:30 –12:00

Moving from assessment to performance monitoring: Process and results thus far MC2-800 Watch

1:00 –2:00

Evaluating policies with repect to rural land: Land tenure regularization & LSLBI MC2-800 Watch

2:00 –3:00

Using impact evaluation and administrative data to address (peri) urban land issues MC2-800 Watch


Generating evidence to integrate land issues into country strategies & programs MC2-800 Watch


Opening Keynote Plenary - Land, Power, and Policy Preston Auditorium Watch

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Urban spaces, settlements, and communities Preston Auditorium Watch
Impact of private sector ESG commitments in the palm oil sector MC13-121 Watch
Identifying and dealing with under-performing land investment projects MC4-800 Watch


Private sector participation in regenerating urban land Preston Auditorium Watch
Turning land rights commitments into practice in the sugar sector MC 13-121 Watch
Improving household and census data collection and use MC2-800 Watch
Trends in land use policies and effect on tenure MC 4-800 Watch

Land policies to improve equity and promote investment: an African perspective

Preston Auditorium Watch


Land registry and business models: Diversity of contexts and systems Preston Auditorium Watch
Land indicators in the SDGs: Status and key next steps MC 13-121 Watch
Raising awareness about women's land rights MC 2-800 Watch
Legal empowerment: Approaches and impacts MC 4-800 Watch


Establishing registries to prevent property fraud Preston Auditorium Watch
Land markets & regulations to improve housing supply & affordability MC 13-121 Watch
Challenges of securing pastoralist land rights MC 4-800 Watch


Using the "Doing Business Registering Property" index to promote innovation and policy reform: Key dimensions and next steps Preston Auditorium Watch
Applications of remote sensing for land use classification MC13-121 Watch
Institutionalizing fit for purpose land administration in practice MC 2-800 Watch
Land issues in Colombia: From dispossession to restitution MC 4-800 Watch

Wednesday, March 25

8:00 AM
Using geospatial data to improve land use and tenure MC C2-131 Watch


China's Land Management System Reform: issues, Progress and Prospect Part 1 Preston Auditorium Watch
Methodologies to systematically monitor the impact of large farms MC 13-121 Watch
Financing Transit-oriented Development with Land Values: Adapting Land Value Capture in Developing Countries MC 2-800 Watch
Integrated business models MC 4-800 Watch


China's Land Management System Reform: issues, Progress and Prospect Part 2
Preston Auditorium Watch
Leveraging climate change policies to promote local forest rights MC 13-121 Watch
Open data, voluntary geographic information and crowdsourcing for land rights MC 4-800 Watch

Ensuring sustainability of land administration institutions

MC C2-131 Watch


Protecting women from losing out when land values increase Preston Auditorium Watch
Scaling up strategies to secure indigenous and community land rights MC 13-121 Watch
Impact evaluations: Baseline data and analytical approaches MC 4-800 Watch


Providing guidance and monitoring for VGGT implementation Preston Auditorium Watch
How investors safeguard existing rights and manage risks MC13-121 Watch
Assessing economy-wide and employment effects of LSLBI MC 4-800 Watch


Implementing Uganda's new land policy: Measuring progress over time Preston Auditorium Watch
Rights recognition and deforestation—lessons from meta-analyses MC13-121 Watch
Land reforms and agricultural sector performance in Ukraine MC 4-800 Watch

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Update on implementation of AU Declaration on Land: Results and Challenges Preston Auditorium Watch
Land policy processes in post-conflict Africa MC 13-121 Watch
Impact of mining investments MC 2-800 Watch
Spillover effects of large scale land-based investment MC 4-800 Watch
Supporting real estate markets and land taxation MC C2-131 Watch


Gender impacts of large-scale investments Preston Auditorium Watch
Land tenure reform in francophone West Africa MC13-121 Watch
Roundtable: Grassroots strategies to enhancing women's land rights MC 2-800 Watch
Securing community rights: Legal and technology options MC 4-800 Watch


How can investors’ home countries promote responsible agricultural investment? Preston Auditorium Watch
Using geospatial data for analysis MC13-121 Watch
Improving governance of land tenure in UNECE region MC 2-800 Watch
Urban land tenure and the poor: regularizing informal settlements
MC 4-800

New ways of collaboration and data sharing

MC C2-131 Watch


Acquiring valid spatial data in a participatory fashion Preston Auditorium Watch
How to deal with land rights in the context of mining investments? MC13-121 Watch
Large landscape conservation for poverty reduction MC 2-800 Watch
High quality household data to improve land governance MC 4-800 Watch


Closing Plenary Preston Auditorium Watch

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Land and Poverty Conference 2015

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